After years of running a business in the natural skincare industry, I can tell you this, there’s a myriad of self care combinations hiding in your kitchen cabinet. Combinations that are completely natural, preservative free, and made with whole ingredients.
Access to natural skincare should be for everyone. Sadly, the mark-up on these types of products are so high that we’re left feeling like high quality natural skincare is a luxury rather than a necessity. As a previous business owner, I understand why these prices are what they are. Small business owners have bills to pay and they’re often doing all the work. However, sometimes we just can’t afford to pay high end prices for our products. It should not only be the financially stable who get to benefit from good quality skincare and it shouldn’t always have to be a treat yo’ self situation for those living paycheck to paycheck.
Below are 10 luxury skincare products that you can make at home with ingredients you more than likely already have in your kitchen. Many of these products require proper storage and usage to maintain their integrity without the use of preservatives. Just follow my lead.
1. Almond, Honey, & Whole Wheat Cleansing Scrub
Hopefully, by now, we all know that really abrasive facial scrubs (St. Ives..Cough…Cough) can be pretty harmful for your your skin. Now more than ever, professionals are pushing chemical exfoliation to remove dry patches and dead skin (we have a face mask for that below, btw.) But, I have to be honest, I still LOVE a good scrub. This gentle paste-like scrub is made with four ingredients –
Almond Meal – removes dry, dead skin and creates a lovely glow, reduces inflammation, contains an abundance of Vitamin E- an antioxidant which can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and is essential to maintaining healthy skin, gentle enough to be used on all skin types.
Honey – A natural humectant that’s also antibacterial, Honey helps draw moisture to the skin all day long and works to fight break outs.
Whole Wheat Flour – Not only does while wheat flour combine with the almond meal to exfoliate, it also helps provide skin with a healthy glow.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Naturally high in squalene, an oil that mimics your skin’s natural sebum, Olive oil works to with your skin to leave it subtle and soft. Not as potentially skin clogging than the cult-favorite coconut oil, less is still more when it comes to olive oil. So only a small amount can give you it’s benefits. Over do it, and you risk a break out.
- Into a bowl, mix together equal parts of almond meal and whole wheat flour.
- Add honey a little at a time to form a paste
- Work in a few drops of olive oil until paste is slightly thinned.
- With dry hands, take a pea sized amount into the palm of your hand and work in a small amount of warm water with your thumb until product appears “milky”.
- Gently massage into skin paying close attention to problem areas.
- Rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry with clean cloth.
- Store in a clean and dry container in a cool place.
2. Green Tea & Peppermint Refreshing Balance Toner
This alcohol free toner can be brewed from tea bags you may have forgotten that you had. You can’t get any more simple than this two ingredient product that revitalizes your skin, cuts oil, and and soothes redness. Extra points if you get a small spray bottle for easy and safe application.
Green Tea – Though not a substitute for sunscreen, Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. That means it’s also a potent anti-aging ingredient that combats signs of aging when ingested or applied topically. The caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle for treating puffy eyes and dark circles.
Peppermint – The anti-inflammatory properties in peppermint can help reduce redness caused by acne and antiseptic properties help prevent build up of bacteria that can clog pores.
- On the stove, bring water to a boil in a kettle.
- Pour hot water into a cup with 1 bag of each tea, for two bags total.
- Allow to rest and infuse until it’s completely cool and has produced a strong cup of tea.
- Once completely cool, pour into a small travel sized spray bottle.
- With eyes closed, spray onto your face for a refreshing pick-me-up
- Store in the refrigerator to extend self life up to 1 week.
Switch this recipe up a bit by adding calming chamomile or anti-aging hibiscus.
3. Oil Absorbing & Nourishing Dry Shampoo
This one is going to blow your mind in how simple and effective it is. Plus, it’s a million times better for our environment since this powder form doesn’t use aerosol. If you enjoy baking, you more than likely have these two ingredients – Corn Starch & Cocoa Power.
Corn Starch – This highly absorbent natural ingredient works quickly to soak up excess oil and give oily hair it’s volume back.
Cocoa Powder – Not only does cocoa powder lend a heavenly scent to this dry shampoo, it also infuses the product with antioxidants!
- Starting at a 1:1 ratio, mix these two ingredients together using a fork or sifter.
- Add more of one or the other to better match your hair color.
- For easy application, store in a shaker bottle.
- Shake the dry shampoo onto your roots and blend into hair with fingers or powder brush.
- Allow to the powder to sit in your hair for a few minutes before using your fingers to shake out excess powder and a brush to distribute remaining.
Add in Bamboo extract powder for a volumizing effect from it’s naturally occurring silica!
4. Shine & Strengthen Hair Mask
This one is about to make you gasp and maaaybe make some of you gag a little. This one ingredient hair mask has the ability to naturally strengthen your strands, restore shine, balance your scalp’s PH, and provide intense hydration. All provided by…
Mayonnaise – A simple mayonnaise is an emulsion of a few ingredients: oil, egg, vinegar, and water. All of which are known to hydrate, balance, and strengthen your hair!
- You may use any mayo you have, but extra points if you make your own or find a mayo made with a luxury oil like olive or avocado.
- Lightly coat your dry hair. Focus on the ends.
- Cover head with shower cap or grocery bag and leave in for as long as you’d like.
- Wash out thoroughly, skipping your conditioner. This may mean two washes.
For super dry and damaged hair, blend in an avocado!
5. Anti-aging Alpha Hydroxy Acid Face mask
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are all the rage in when it comes to eliminating fine lines and chemical peels. Did you know that they’re found naturally in both Greek Yogurt and bananas?
Greek Yogurt – The lactic acid found in Greek yogurt is an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Banana – Bananas contain an AHA called Tartaric Acid. Bananas are said to fight acne, combat aging, and help to replenish a healthy glow.
- Thoroughly mash or blend 1/2 banana with 3 Tbsp Plain Greek Yogurt
- Apply to a dry face making sure to avoid eyes.
- Wash off after 20 minutes.
- Store any leftover mask in a seal container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Blend in colloidal oatmeal for a skin soothing effect.